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#vdlr2013 – As all Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta competitors know only too well, the centre of this high pressure is bang over the top of Dublin Bay today, but fortunately it looks like it will slowly slide off to the south west over the weekend allowing for slightly stronger thermal breezes to develop. That's according to top UK forecaster Mike Broughton this lunch time.

Overall, the good news is that the front that looked like it was going to impinge on our lovely summer in Dublin in the early part of next week now looks like it won't ever make it and the high looks set to move east again giving us yet more sunshine.

According to Broughton, who runs the specialist sailing forecast website winningwind.coma strong inversion has been partly responsible for the lack of sea breezes, but hopefully we should see 7-12 knot south east winds today and tomorrow.

Published in Volvo Regatta

#vdlr2013Dun Laoghaire regatta organisers will take a fresh look at the coastal course today in view of this morning's light wind forecast and the fact yesterday's finishers in this new 16-boat division did not get back to harbour until well after 7.30pm, an hour or more after the rest of the 393-boat fleet. 'Even the race office had gone home!', joked one competitor last night.

The coastal series accommodate those offshore sailors and larger cruisers who prefer to take part in races where the distances between marks are greater.

Last night, all times taken were declarations recorded by the competitors themselves at the last mark on the course, a feature of some offshore courses such as the ISORA series.

The first course: Muglins, Killiney, the Volvo Regatta mark, XC60, and the 40 foot mark, off Sandycove point was modest enough but proved a leg too far.

Due to the light conditions the fleet, with a handicap rating span of 15 minutes in the hour, all ended up rafted together, waiting for the time limit to arrive so that times rounding Killiney mark would apply. 

This morning, there are moves afoot to have the regatta's Sailing Instructions changed so any boat retiring would be recorded to their last mark.

The new division is designed to facilitate a large number of standard cruiser designs not suited to prevailing tight inshore courses and who cannot compete on handicap with some of the out and out racing machines but yesterday the longer course just ran out of wind.

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#vdlr2013 – Inshore and offshore campaigner John Maybury's J109, Joker II, continues her winning form this season after victory in this afternoon's light and shifty opening race of the 2013 Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta.

Nearly 3000 sailors are afloat on Dublin Bay for the four day regatta that is the biggest sailing event in the Irish Sea area. The event hit the headlines yesterday with a full page entry list of all competing boats in the Irish Times. The value of the event is estimated by organisers to be worth €600k to the local economy.

The regatta got off to a prompt start in spite of forecasts of no wind, with all 25 classes completing the first day's programme.

Local sailor Maybury, from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, who was a class winner in June's Sovereign's Cup, took the first race of the 14–boat J109 fleet by a considerable margin, making every use of multiple Olympic keelboat helmsman Mark Mansfield on board.

Second was John Collins in Jet Stream from Pwllheli Sailing Club. His club mate, the ISORA offshore champion, Sgrech, sailed by Stephen Tudor was third.

Conditions could not have been more different than the first race this time two years ago when strong southerly winds gusted to gale force in the biennial event.

Today was equally as testing but for completely different reasons as sailors struggled to keep sails filling in the gentle sea breeze and strong sunshine that prevailed. 'It was light and shifty, you really had to keep your head out of the boat' said Mansfield, a veteran of the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics in the Star keelboat.

Racing is being staged until Sunday over eight separate courses and a combined fleet of 393 boats, with 120 visiting yachts.

An impressive line up of 12 class zero boats has made Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta the biggest turnout this year for the 40-footers.

Ten are visiting boats, but first race honours are staying local with Howth's well campaigned Mills 36 Crazy Horse (Alan Chambers and Norbert Reilly) taking a win from the Clyde based First 40, Zephyr (Stephen Cowie). Third this afternoon was Swansea's Dark Angel, a Dubois 37 skippered by Anthony Ackland.

In Class one's 16–boat fleet the recently crowned Irish class one champion Bon Exemple, a new Xp33 design, is on top again beating Fairlie's Mat1010 in the opening round. Third was Paul O'Higgin's Rockabill from the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Yachts are sailing different courses including trapezoid, windward–leeward, and triangular configurations. This year for the first time there is also a coastal division but no winners details are available so far, with this 16-boat division only returning to harbour last night (under engine) at 1930.

The 2011 winner of the overall Volvo trophy Ken Lawless is back in  contention again but in a different boat. 

His new vintage quarter tonner Cartoon was fifth in today's opening race in one of the regatta's biggest fleets today but taking the gun in this 24-boat division is the IRC Class three National Champion Quest, skippered by Barry Cunningham of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

In the one design and dinghy divisions, sailing in the centre or the north west of the bay, there were plenty of familiar names at the top of the fleets.

Tim Goodbody leads the Sigma 33s, Ian Mathews the Flying fifteens, Gerry O'Connor the Squibs and Michael O'Connor in the SB20s.

Sailing in Seapoint bay with a 120 degree wind, a nine boat Fireball fleet sailed two races with winds strong enough for marginal trapezing. Both counting a 1 and a 2, the Clancy Brothers are tied with Brian Byrne and Stephen Campion for first place. More on the Fireball racing here.

Racing continues tomorrow (Friday).

Day one provisional selected results 

IRC CLASS 0 1. Crazy Horse (Chambers/ Reilly) 2. Zephyr (S Cowie) 3. Dark Angel (A Ackland)

IRC CLASS 1 1. Bon Example (X Yachts GB) 2. Now or Never 3 (N Stafford) 3. Rockabill V (P O'Higgins)

IRC CLASS 2 1. Checkmate XV (N Biggs) 2. Scenario Encore (S&J Fitton) 3. Tribal (L Burke)

J109 1. Joker II (J Maybury) 2. Jet Stream (J Collins) 3. Sgrech (S Tudor)

SIGMA 33 1. White Mischief (T Goodbody) 2. Leaky Roof 2 (A Harper/ E&K Robertson) 3. Rupert (R&P Lovegrove)

BENETEAU 31.7 1. Eauvtion (J&D Corlett) 2. Twister (Byers/ Fletcher/ Fair) 3. Prospect (C Johnston)


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#vdlr2013 – A weather expert has allayed fears of a windless start to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta tomorrow in spite of the current calm on Dublin Bay.

An area of high pressure hangs over Ireland on the eve of the event and with little wind on Dublin Bay all week, the question on the lips of over 3,000 sailors in 390 boats gathered in Dun Laoghaire for Ireland's biggest sailing event is; 'will there be wind?'

After two years of planning, organisers fears of a repeat of the inaugural 2005 event, when the event was becalmed for four days, are, it appears unfounded.

UK Met guru Dr. Simon Keeling says, 'hang in there, the winds are coming!'

Last Saturday for DBSC racing, the bay produced a sparkling 15-20 knot sea breeze in bright sunshine (photos and results here) but since then there's been nothing, but glassy calm, heavy, humid air plus a lot of local theories as to why the sea breeze has disappeared.

The good news, according to Keeling of, who supplies regular weekly forecasts to Dun Laoghaire marina berth holders, is that conditions look more favourable for a sea breeze tomorrow, although only light.

By Friday, the UK based Keeling says 'winds will turn to the NW around F3 or F4 as high pressure retreats leaving a residual ridge behind'.

We'll keep our fingers crossed.

Published in Volvo Regatta

#VDLR2013 – Scroll down this page for the full entry of 390 boats in 25 classes equalling the inaugural 2005 regatta.


ClassBoat NameOwnerClub
IRC 0 Jezebel Guy Cowper Royal Dee YC
  Eos Rod Stuart Clyde CC
  Impetuous Richard Fildes South Caernarvonshire YC  
  Dark Angel  Anthony Ackland  Swansea Yacht & Sub Aqua Club
  Roxstar Findlay and Anderson Clyde CC
  Grand Cru II Jamie McGarry  Clyde CC
  Mighty Max 2 Neil Thomas Liverpool YC
  Loose Change Morris Mitton/Peter Redden Royal Irish YC
  Zephyr Steven Cowie Clyde Cruising Club
  Jacob John Stamp Port Edgar
  Elf too Christine Murray Clyde CC
  Crazy Horse  Chambers/Reilly  Howth YC
IRC 1 Injenious MG SAILING [Crompton/Hallworth] South Caernarvonshire YC  
  Carmen II Alan Jeffrey and Paul Scutt Helensburgh SC
  Boomerang Kirwan Family Royal St George YC
  Black Velvet  Parnell Family  Royal Irish YC 
  What's the Rush 2 Ernie Kelly Ballyhenry Boat club
  Animal Debbie Aitken Clyde CC
  Bada Bing Andy Napper, Andy and Annie Farrell Liverpool YC
  Now or Never 3 Neill Sandford Fairlie YC
  Axiom Michael J ONeill Royal Irish YC
  Megalopolis Peter Allman Royal St George YC 
  Rockabill V Paul OHiggins Royal Irish YC
  Adrenalin Balfe/McDonald/OMalley National YC
  Flashback Paddy Gregory, Don Breen Howth YC
  Raptor  Denis Hewitt & Ors  Royal Irish YC 
  Gringo  Tony Fox  National Yacht Club 
  Bon Exemple X Yachts GB Royal Irish YC
  Eazi Tiger Connolly/Kyffin/Oliver Liverpool YC
IRC 2 King One David Cullen Howth YC
  Kamikaze  Peter Nash  Royal St George YC 
  Movistar Bleu Raymond Killops Killyleagh YC
  Jester Declan Curtin National YC
  Cor Baby Ryan, Lattimore and Kiernan Royal Irish YC
  Viking Kevin Darmody/Mark Patterson Howth YC
  Dux  Anthony Gore-Grimes  Howth YC
  Graduate Barron, Dunne, Merrigan O Keeffe Royal Irish YC
  Checkmate XV Nigel Biggs Royal St George YC/Visiting Cowes
  Witzend 2 Peter Conlon Royal St George YC
  Bendemeer  Lindsay J Casey and Denis Power  Royal St George YC 
  Tribal Liam Burke Galway Bay SC
  MiniMumm Ronan Cobbe and Niamh McDonald Howth YC
  Scenario Encore Stuart/Julie Fitton Blackpool and Fleetwood YC
  The Big Picture R and M Evans and B Heffernan Howth YC
  Maximus Paddy Kyne Howth YC
  Cherubino Yves Letertre Carlingford SC
  Fifty shades Stuart cranston Strangford lough yc
  Dick Dastardly  Brian Cusack and Others  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Peridot  Yannick Charrier / Jim McCann / Paul Cadden / Hugh O'Donnell  Royal Irish YC 
  Impetuous Fergal Noonan/Robert Chambers Howth YC
  Helter Skelter Adrienne and Averil Jermyn Royal St George YC
  Significant Ian Macdonald Clyde CC
  Karukera Gerry Harvey Royal St George YC
  Sunburn Ian Byrne Howth YC
  Red Rhum Jonathan/Christopher Nicholson Royal St George YC
IRC 3 Tango  Andy Dunn  Douglas Bay YC IOM  
  NYAH Stefan Hyde Royal Cork YC
  Wynward Wyn McCormack Royal Irish YC
  Chouskikou Declan Ward DL Marina
  Supernova Timbs/Costello/McStay/Monaghan Royal Irish YC
  Cacciatore Mairead Ni Cheallachain National YC
  Alliance II Vincent Gaffney Howth YC
  Hard on Port Flor ODriscoll Howth YC
  Pamafe Michael Costello Royal Irish YC
  Cri-Cri Paul Colton Royal Irish YC
  Asterix  Boushell/Counihan/Meredith DL Marina 
  Jaws Jaime Bergin, Brendan Foley, Others Dublin Bay SC
  Grasshopper 2 Kevin and John Glynn National YC
  Challenger Paul Rossiter Howth YC
  Goyave Russell Camier Malahide YC
  Gossip Meredith, Kerins, Barron, Rowley Royal Irish YC
  Carrabeg D.L.Martin Royal St George YC
  Flash Graeme Noonan / Brian Flahive Wicklow SC
  HyFlyer John Barnard Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
  Apache Jonathan Gifford Quoile YC
  Saki Ryan and McCormack Royal Irish YC
  Don Giovanni Cillian Macken Howth YC
  Taiscealai Brian Richardson Royal Irish YC
  Triple Seven D.Fitzgerald/S.Gardiner Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Gung-Ho Grainne and Sean OShea Royal Irish YC
  Cartoon Joe Brady/Sybil McCormack/Ken Lawless Royal Irish YC
  Jamais Encore JP McCaldin Lough Erne Yacht Club
  Jelignite Finbarr Ryan Lough Ree YC
  Triple Seven D.Fitzgerald/S.Gardiner Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Quest Barry Cunningham and Johnny Skerritt Royal Irish YC
  J Guevara Hasson Family Lough Swilly YC
  Euro Car Parks Kilcullen Howth YC K25 Team Howth YC
  Starlet Bourke, Maher, McGirr Howth YC
  Borraine Ean Pugh Royal Irish YC
Beneteau 31.7 Extreme Reality P McSwiney/ E ORafferty Royal Irish YC
  Prima Nocte  Deirdre Kennedy/Patrick Burke Royal Irish YC 
  Levante Michael Leahy/John POwer National YC
  Levana Jean Mitton Royal St George YC 
  Prospect Chris Johnston National YC
  After You Too Michael Blaney Royal St George YC
  Dies Irae Patrick D Rowan Royal Irish YC
  Kernach Eoin ODriscoll National YC
  Bluefin Two Michael/Bernie Bryson National YC
  Fiddly Bits PJ Timmins/B.Quigley/G.Murray/ D.Breen Royal St George YC
  Avalon Conan/Fox Royal St George YC
  Magic Donal O'Sullivan, David Espey Royal Irish YC
  30 Something Brian Kavanagh Royal St George YC
  Eauvation Jason and Debbie Corlett Douglas Bay YC
  Twister Byers/Fletcher/Fair Royal Ulster YC
  Attitude  Sugars/Milner Royal Irish YC/Royal St George YC
  Legally blonde  C.Drohan/P.Egan Royal St George YC 
J109 Indecision Declan Hayes Royal Irish YC
  Ruth Liam Shanahan National YC
  Joker 2  John Maybury  Royal Irish YC 
  Powder Monkey  Chris Moore, Mark Byrne,Others National YC 
  Something Else  John and Brian Hall, Sue McDonnell  National YC 
  Jump The Gun Michael Monaghan/John Kelly Royal Irish YC
  Sleeper Alasdair Davidson Liverpool YC
  Mojito Peter Dunlop/Vicky Cox Pwllheli SC
  Jeepster David Lean South Caernarvonshire YC
  Storm Pat Kelly Rush SC
  Sgrech Stephen Tudor Pwllheli SC
  Jalapeno  Barrington/Burke/Phillips National YC 
  Jedi  Sarratt and Austin and McGuiness  Royal Irish YC
  Jetstream John Collins Pwllheli SC
Non Spinnaker Vespucci Sean & Kristina ORegan Royal St George YC/Royal Irish YC
  Eden Park  Liam Farmer  Royal Irish YC 
  Bite the Bullet  Colm Bermingham  Howth YC
  Humdinger  Michael Mc Cabe  Carlingford SC
  The Great Escape  Patrick & Denise Rigney  Royal Irish YC 
  Syledis in Blue John & Brenda Hayes Bray SC
  Gannet Brian McCann Carlingford Lough YC
  Chase Me John Raughter Bray SC
  More Mischief Eamonn Doyle DL Marina
  White Lotus Paul Tully DL Marina
  Demelza Stephanie Ennis Howth YC
  Jokers Wild  Gordon Knaggs  Howth YC
  Persistance Charles Broadhead, Ian Stuart, Jerry Collins Royal Irish YC
  Spirit Colin OBrien et al Royal St George YC
  Excalibur Bart Connolly Bray SC
  Sea Safari Jacqueline Smith Royal Irish YC
  Calypso Howard Knott Royal St George YC
  Afternoon Delight M.Bennett, M Brennan, JP Mackay, G Begley Royal Irish YC
  Brazen Hussy Barry/Stirling Howth YC
  Katie T.Dunne/F.Fahy/CMcGuinness/D.Grace Royal St George YC
  Orna Philip Dilworth National YC
  Nirvana Bernard Neeson Royal St George YC
  To Infinity and Beyond Kieran Crowley Royal St George YC
  Dragonfly Alo McGoldrick Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
  Act Two M Oleary/T Roche/D Andrews Royal Irish YC
  Aurora Ray Conway National YC
  Emir Herr  Liam Shanahan  National YC 
  Nauti-Gal John and Jason Crawford Royal St George YC
  Setanta Gavin Denn National YC
  Zephyr Ross Cahill-OBrien National YC
  Just Jasmin  Philip Smith  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Xerxes Dan ONeill Royal Irish YC
  Big Deal Derek Dillon Foynes YC
  Effex II Frank Friel Royal Irish YC
  Moonshine Team Foynes Partners Foynes YC
  Roaring Water Jack Coffey Royal Irish YC
  Eblana Roger Aplin  
  Pure Magic Steve Hayes Bray SC
  Windermere Joe Taylor Greystones SC
IRC Coastal Lula Belle Liam Coyne National YC
  Ulula III Nick Ogden Liverpool YC
  Lively Lady Derek Martin Royal Irish YC
  Adelie Peter Hall National YC
  Lady Rowena David Bolger Royal St George YC
  Aquelina Sheila Tyrrell/James Tyrrell Arklow SC
  Wow George Sisk  Royal Irish YC 
  African Challenge Dirk van Breda National YC
  Tsunami Vincent Farrell  National YC 
  Soufriere Stephen OFlaherty Royal Irish YC
  Mermaid IV Seamus Fitzpatrick Royal Irish YC
  Windshift Brian Gillen DL Marina
  Coirin Finn Lyden Royal St George YC
  Polished Manx Kuba Szymanski Douglas Bay YC IOM  
  Rebellion Hughes/Hanlon/O'Mahony National YC
  Miss Behavin Alan Bell and Others National YC
Sigma 33 Popje Ted mcCourt National YC
  Enchantress Larkin/Bonner/Nichol National YC
  Marauder Dr P Milner/Dr T Saunders South Caernarvonshire YC  
  Leaky Roof 2 A.Harper/EandK Robertson Cove SC
  Gwili Two Dermot Clarke/Paddy Maguire Royal St George YC
  Saphoenix Ken Roberts Liverpool YC
  Leeuwin Robert Kerr/H and C Leonard Royal Irish YC
  Springer Ian Bowring Royal St George YC
  Pippa IV  M.O'Brien/G.Kinsman/E.McMahon  DL Marina 
  Pastiche Thomas J O Neill  Royal Irish YC 
  Rupert Richard V Lovegrove/Philip R Lovegrove Royal St George YC
  Moonshine Ronnie Moloney Royal St George YC
  September Song Barry Colleary Royal Irish YC
  White Mischief Timothy Goodbody Royal Irish YC
Beneteau First 21 Capilano Séamus Storan Royal Irish YC
  eeZee Tiger Paraic Bourke National YC
  Small Wonder Hugh Kelly Royal Irish YC
  Isolde Peter Carroll Royal Irish YC
  Yikes! Joe Conway Royal Irish YC
  Syzrgy Rowan Fogarty Royal St George YC
  Mon Reve Brian Stewart Malahide YC
  Wild Thing Louis Byrne/Declan Costello Tralee Bay SC
  Chinook Andrew Bradley and Paul Morgan Royal Irish YC
  Carna Stuart Spence Scotland
  Backchat Karen Smith DL Marina
  Plan B Kieran Kingston/Vincent Mulvey Royal St George YC
  Double Dutch John Bickerstaff England
  Frutti di Mare Niallo Carroll DL Marina
Shipman Whiterock Henry M. Robinson Royal Irish YC
  Bluefin B Finucane National YC
  Curaglas John Masterson National YC
  The Den George Miller/Aisling Costello Royal St George YC
  Poppy Peter Beamish and others Royal St George YC
  Malindi Andrew Gray/Bernard Smith National YC
  Invader Gerard Glynn Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Jo Slim J.Clarke,BJ and G Maher Royal St George YC
  Viking Mason,McCrohan,McWeeney Glynn Royal St George YC
  Twocan David Freeman Royal St George YC
  Juniper Nick Jones/Harry Byrne Royal St George YC
  Euphanzel 3  John Simington/Graham Crisp/Colm Duggan Royal St George YC 
  Brent Goose Tony Vincent Royal St George YC
  Just Good Friends  Gerry O'Neill National YC
  Gusto  Christine Heath/Graham Miles Royal St George YC 
  Euphanzel John Simington & Others Royal St George YC
Ruffian 23 Paramour Larry Power National YC
  Ruff Diamond Regina Regan/Wyn Hughes/ Peter McIntyre Sailing in Dublin Club
  Carmen Brendan Duffy/Mike Hinkson Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Ruf Nuff derek mitchell Royal St George YC
  Different Drummer Declan Tonge National YC
  Icicle Colm Murray National YC
  Diane 2 Alan Claffey/Chris Helme Royal St George YC
  Riff Raff  Hilary Murphy-Fagan National YC 
  Ripples Frank Bradley Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Bandit Kirwan/Cullen/Brown National YC
  Ruff Rider  Ronan Lee  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Ruff Justice Pat ODowd,Jane Holland,Bryan Dobson Royal Irish YC
  Alias Jonathan Ryan, Jim Woods, Fred Barry National YC
SB20 Ger Dempsey Royal Irish YC
  Sunday Brunch David Dwyer/Richard Tate Royal St George YC
  Smoke on the Water Bob Hobby Royal St George YC
  Should Be… Michael O Connor Royal St George YC
  Sin Bin Emmet Ryan Royal St George YC
  Bad-Kilcullen Jerry Dowling Royal Irish YC
  Sin a Bhuifl Gillian Guinness Howth YC
  Shockwave Kevin Collins Sligo YC
  Ruby Blue Pete Smyth/Aidan OConnell Royal St George YC
  Odin James Gorman National YC
  TBC Dorgan/Collins Cove SC
  Lia Dave Barry Royal St George YC
  Alert Packaging Justin Burke National YC
  ShamBolic Allen/Kennedy/Ramsay Royal St George YC
  SacreBleu Doug Smith Royal Irish YC
  Timber Alan McNab Royal Irish YC
  Probably Ian Simington Royal St George YC
  Rubadubdub  Nick Doherty,Rob Gavin  National YC 
  Seriously Bonkers 3  Martin Cuppage/Peter Lee  Royal St George YC 
  BomChickaWahWah  John O'Driscoll  Royal St George YC 
Dragon Phantom Peter Bowring/David Williams Royal St George YC
  Jaguar  Martin Byrne  Royal St George YC 
  ZinZan Dan OConnor Royal Irish YC
  Diva Rick Johnson/Richard Goodbody/Rob Johnson Royal Irish YC
  Cloud Clare Hogan Royal St George YC
  Scorcher Greag Purcell Royal Irish YC
  Sir Ossis of the River Denis Bergin Royal Irish YC
  Mstere James Peters/Dave Cummings South Caernarvonshire YC
Glen Glencoe RM Craig/P&F Sheehan/J Murphy/ B Cotter Royal St George YC
  Glendun Brian Denham Royal St George YC
  Glen Miller  Paul Cusack/Conor Ohanlon/Niamh Strathern Royal St George YC 
  Glencree John Bligh/Henry Roche Royal St George YC
  Glenmarissa Frank Elmes/Wilf Higgins Royal St George YC
  Glengesh  Gearld Sands/Barry O Connor Royal Irish YC 
  Glenshesk Gena Walker/Liz Faulkner/Adrian Henderson/Mike Reid Royal St George YC 
  Glenshane Pete Hogan Royal St George YC
  Glenariff Adrian Lee Royal St George YC
  Glenluce Richard/Donal OConnor Royal St George YC
  Pterodactyl Roderick & David McCaffrey Royal St George YC 
Howth 17 Oona Peter Courtney Howth YC
  Isobel Brian and Conor Turvey Howth YC
  Sheila Mary Faherty Howth YC
  Pauline Shane O'Doherty/Eoghan Ryan Howth YC
RS Elite Storm John Gunning/Stephen Polly/ David Kelso Royal Ulster YC
  Fullmarks Mark Brien,Mark Ennis/Mark Mcneill Royal North of Ireland YC
  Toucan Gavin and Mike Vaughan Royal North of Ireland YC
  Momentary Laps... John Patterson Royal Ulster YC
Sailfleet J80 Northside 1 Noel Davidson Howth YC
  Northside 2 TBA Howth YC
  Northside 3 TBA Howth YC
  Northside 4 TBA Howth YC
  Southside 1 Mary O'Loughlin Dun Laoghaire
  Southside 2 Kenny Rumball Dun Laoghaire
  Southside 3 TBA Dun Laoghaire
  Southside 4 TBA Dun Laoghaire
Flying Fifteen The Gruffalo Ian Mathews National YC
  Deranged Alan Green National YC
  A Mere Triffle Peter Sherry/Karl Ruddy National YC
  Flyer Niall Coleman National YC
  Ash Joe Coughlan National YC
  Out of the Blue Fraser Mitchell National YC
  The Big Bow Wow Niall Meagher/Nicki Matthews National YC
  Fflogger Alan Dooley National YC
  Kooigjug K Dumpleton National YC
  Snow White Francis J Burgess National YC
  Perfect ten Alan Balfe National YC
  HiFibre Peter Murphy National YC
  Fflapjack Robin Hilliard National YC
  Rollercoaster Tom Murphy National YC
  UFO Valerie Mulvin National YC
  Hard Currency Charlie Boland  
  Melliffluence Ben Mulligan National YC 
  As Good as it Gets Ross Doyle National YC
Fireball  Elevation Neil Colin/Margaret Casey Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  License to Thrill Louis Smyth Coal Harbour DL
  Tipsey McStagger Conor and James Clancy Royal St George YC
  Blue Eyes Henry Rice Coal Harbour DL
  TBA McGuire/Chambers Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Sparkly Arkley Ed Hyland Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Blind Squirrel  Frank Miller  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Let's Get Messy Bryan Byrne Royal Irish YC
  Goodness Gracious  Louise McKenna/Francis Rowan Royal St George YC 
  Funk Phenomena Gavin Doyle/Dave Sweeney National YC 
Mermaid The Message Ross Galbraith Skerries SC
  Gentoo Brian Mc Nally Skerries SC
  Tiller Girl Jonathan ORourke National YC
  Jill Paul Smith, Pat Mangan Royal Irish YC
  Lively Lady Geraldine ONeill and Mick Hanney National YC
  Bean Adhmaid Martin OToole Skerries SC
  Dolphin Seamus OToole Skerries SC
  Azeezy Sam Shiels Skerries SC
  Aideen Brendan Martin/Dan Brennan National YC
  Endeavour Roger Bannon National YC
  Helen Therese Rooney Skerries SC
  Argo Darragh McCormack Foynes YC
  Mayhem Enda Weldon Rush SC
Squib Perfection Jill Fleming Royal St George YC
  Anemos Pete and Anne Evans Royal St George YC
  Pintail M.Muldoon/B.Stevens National YC
  Why Not Derek Jago Royal St George YC
  Periquin Noel Colclough Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Chatterbox Jeff Kay Howth YC
  Contender Denis Todd Royal North of Ireland YC
  lola Frank Whelan Royal St George YC
  Little Demon  Sheila Power  Royal St George YC 
  Kookaburra Peter/Marie Dee Royal St George YC
  Toy for the Boys Peter Wallace Royal North of Ireland YC
  BuzzLite Gerry OConnor Royal St George YC
  Nimble Brian OHare, and Alain Deladiennee Royal St George YC
  Black Amour Sean OReilly Howth YC
  Kerfuffle Jonathan and Hazel Craig Howth YC
  Hawkeye Simon Hutchinson Killyleagh YC
  Fox Michael Moran/Michael Shiel Royal St George YC
IDRA 14 Shearwater Ciaran Browne Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Chimaera Killian Sargent/Yvonne Murray Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Doody John Fitzgerald/Jennifer Byrne Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Diane Fergal OFlaherty/Brian Murphy Coal Harbour DL
  Slipstream Julie Ascoop/Heather Keenan Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Dart Pierre Long/Hazel Rea Coal Harbour DL
  Dunmoanin Frank Hamilton Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Delos ii Patrick ONeill Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Sapphire Lorcan OSullivan Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Water Wag Little Tern  John Ross-Murphy Royal St George YC 
  Mollie  Cathy Mac Aleavey  National YC 
  Good Hope Hal Sisk Royal Irish YC
  Swift Guy Kilroy Royal Irish YC
  Marie Louise John J Magnet Royal Irish YC
  Eros Gail Varian Royal St George YC
  Chloe Kate OLeary Royal Irish YC
  Pansy Vincent Delany The Water Wag Club
  Coquette Seymour Cresswell Sailing in Dublin
  Sprite Adrian Masterson Royal Irish YC
  Freddie David corcoran/ bairbre Stewart Royal Irish YC
  Marcia Jim Foley and Yvonne Ryan Royal St George YC
PY Sky Bird Paul McDermott National YC
  The Return of the Milky Bar Kid Hugh Sheehy Royal St George YC
  Laser Vago Grace Lumsden Sailing in Dublin
  Laser Vago Federico CardonaPons Sailing in Dublin
  Laser Vago Stuart McBride Sailing in Dublin
  Mach 2 John Chambers Coal Harbour DL
  Mach 2 Annalise Murphy National YC
  Rihanna Rory Fitzpatrick None
  Sailplan Paul Keane Royal Irish YC
  888 Anthony Clendinning Coleraine Yacht Club
  Fossatoo Will Nesbitt Royal Irish YC
  Phooey Richard Harding National YC
  The Pearse Allen Sean Flanagan Royal St George YC
  Roubaix Francis Barry Royal St George YC
  West Sails Yannick Lemonnier Galway Bay SC
Published in Volvo Regatta

#dragon – The Irish Dragon class has been unable to commit to 'more than a handful of boats' travelling to Bangor in County Down for the 2013 Irish National Championships in August.

As a result, the class has been forced in to a change of venue and the championships will now take place at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay from August 8-11. The class has an entry of nine for this week's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta.

Published in Dragon

#vdlrIrish sailing tourism is buoyant in the capital with 250 boats from all over the world visiting Dublin Bay over the last four months and this week 120 boats from outside the Bay area are expected for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR).

The attraction of visiting Dublin City remains strong for visitors who arrive under their own sail into Dun Laoghaire Marina from all over the world including from the USA, Australia, Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, UK, Spain, Italy. Dun Laoghaire Marina, the largest marina in Ireland, reports that 250 boats from overseas have visited its marina for varying periods of time since 1st April 2013.

These figures are being released in advance of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, the biggest sailing event in the country which will take place from Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th July. In addition to the 260 local boats that will compete in the Regatta, 120 will arrive to compete from other yachts clubs outside Dublin Bay, Northern Ireland and right across the British Isles.

Speaking about the influx of boats into Dun Laoghaire Marina, Paal Janson, General Manager said "the main reason we see such a flow of visitors into the Marina is because of the attraction of the capital city and the novelty of being able to visit a European city and stay in your own accommodation which is a relatively unusual offering. Dun Laoghaire Marina is also a safe and large marina with capacity for 820 boats, 24/7 access, full facilities and direct transport links."

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Dun Laoghaire's 820 berth town marina has welcomed sailors from all over the world this season. Photo:

The marina will also welcome all of the visiting boats from outside Dublin Bay for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR.) The VDLR is the biggest sailing event in the country. 380 boats and 2,500 sailors will compete across 25 different classes of boats and the competitors will race across eight different courses over the four days of the Regatta.

Speaking in advance of the VDLR, Adam Winkelmann, VDLR Chairman said, 'We have been running this regatta every two years since 2005 and over that period of time have only seen a 7.5% decrease in entries which is not that dramatic considering the state of the economy. The regatta also brings a significant amount to the local economy. Using the Irish tourism multiplier the average expenditure per competitor will be €60 per day which for 2,500 competitors will be €150,000 per day and €600,000 for the four day event."

#vdlr – The waterfront in Dun Laoghaire wears its history lightly. In observing it, you're immediately aware of the elegant pavilions which are the classically-designed premises of the three senior yacht clubs, places which are redolent of a long history. But because there is so much in the way of boats and sailing sharing the space with them, and bringing the harbour waters so brightly to life, these are not brooding edifices setting a sombre mood on all about them.

On the contrary, they're fun places, brimming with vitality. They speak of living in the present, even as they acknowledge their interesting past. And as their history has been intertwined with the history of Ireland for almost two centuries, perhaps it would be useful for the rest of the country to realise just how skillfully Dun Laoghaire's yacht clubs have steered themselves through times good and bad. For they've come through national changes which, you might think, would have swept away the clubs and much of what they represented. Yet now they are happily accepted as an integral part of the community, playing a key role in the life of one of Ireland's most vibrant regions, and functioning at a sporting level which gives them national and international significance.

With all four clubs combining in the four day Volvo Dun Laoghaire which starts next Thursday with summer settling in nicely in time on Dublin Bay, the importance of their shared role comes centre stage. But this past week, we highlighted the achievement of one club in particular, when the Mitsubishi Motors/ISA Sailing Club of the Year trophy was formally presented to the Royal St George Yacht Club on Wednesday evening.

Though its title is Club of the Year 2013, it's awarded for success in 2012, and it was first announced in March. However, clubs have their private side and their public side, and the presentation of the ship's wheel trophy (which has been part of the sailing scene since 1979) in the club's own premises makes the award complete, as it's an opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by all members to a club's success.

In fact, in the case of the George, it was people from all over Ireland who contributed to the success, as they volunteered to help with the main feature of the 2012 season, which was the Royal St George YC's position as the lead club in organizing the ISAF Youth Worlds in Dun Laoghaire in July. It was a massive effort, happily crowned with success and international praise. It was led by a formidable team in which Brian Craig managed to be a hands-on Chairman yet with a formidable talent for skillful delegation, so much so that on Wednesday night it was suggested he should write the definitive Delegation Manual. He shouldn't find the actual writing too onerous, as he could delegate that too.

But we could be sure he would do it in precisely the right way, for the thing that really impressed the adjudicators was the thoughtful way in which the George's ISAF team went out of their way afterwards to thank their many voluntary helpers, and to make sure they knew their efforts were truly appreciated. The club set a benchmark in organisational good manners which could be usefully emulated in every walk of Irish life.

However, there's much more to running a successful club than simply hosting events. The adjudicators look to sailing success by members as well, and in 2012 for the Royal St George it was Commodore Martin Byrne who set the pace – in his first year he had won the Edinburgh Cup in the International Dragons (first won by a George member with Jimmy Mooney in 1953), and in 2012 he was top skipper in the entire Irish Dragon class.

As for encouraging youthful talent, the George is almost notorious for its skill in recruiting the new sailors who come to Dublin from all parts of the country. The club goes out of its way to encourage university racing, and when UCD won the Irish title in March, and with it the right to represent Ireland in the Student Yachting Worlds in France in October, it was members of the George who pulled out all the stops to ensure that the UCDSC squad had the necessary boats and facilities to train for this major international event in which they were runaway winners.

And yet all this was happening under the umbrella of a club which can trace its history back to 1838. When the 900 delegates arrived in Dun Laoghaire for the International Sailing Federation's Annual Conference in November, those who had heard of the success of the ISAF Youth Worlds, but hadn't previously been to the venue, were surprised to find that at the heart of it is a stately clubhouse and an organisation going back 174 years.


Le Grand Fromage. The Marquis of Conyngham was the Royal St George YC's first Commodore

The club's extraordinary history, and its intertwining with the national story, was equally surprising for the visitors to grasp. After all, here was an organisation successfully reaching out to young sailors from every corner of the globe. Yet it was doing so from a clubhouse which, once upon a time, had been the almost exclusive preserve of the arrogant offspring of Cromwellian land-grabbers.


The Marquis of Conyngham's schooner Constance in the harbour, 1855.

Indeed, the membership was so extensively drawn from the wealthy land-owning classes that at one stage around the 1870s, the total tonnage of the large yachts owned by Royal St George YC membership rivalled those of the Royal Yacht Squadron itself. Yet further to complicate the story, the conference in the early 1900s which set in place the Land Commission which was to end the dominance of the Ascendancy landlord class was actually chaired by one of their own, Lord Dunraven, a member of the Royal St George YC since the mid 1880s.

The rare ould times. Royal St George YC Regatta in 1871, when the tonnage of the club's fleet of yachts was exceeded only by the fleet of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

So it's a club which knows when to move on as much as it is aware of the need to acknowledge its rich and colourful history. Certainly it has moved on from membership dominance by a certain kind of yachtsman. The first Commodore was the Marquis of Conyngham, and he was succeeded by others of similar style. But these days, with a greatly expanded clubhouse and the most modern sailing facilities, the flag officers are more likely to acknlowledge descent from remote princes of Breffni, and wild chieftains of the ancient Wicklow hills.


Sailing Club of the Year 2013. RStGYC Commodore Liam O'Rourke (left) receives the trophy from Frank Keane, Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors Ireland.

The names may have changed, but the sailing goes on more busily then ever, and the club is rightly making much of its 175th Anniversary this year. Commodore Liam O'Rourke is leading his members in a programme in which the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta will be the season's highlight, and the George's own special contribution will be hosting the finish of the first stage of the Clyde Cruising Club's Blue Water Trophy Race, which started from Troon in Scotland last night, with the leaders expected in Dun Laoghaire tonight and tomorrow.

This will be bringing a significant contingent of Scottish boats south with many of them then lining up to take part in the VDLR, where the total entry at close of the list at midnight Thursday was 377 boats, including more than 120 visiting ones. Yet any overview of the entry list for this year's Regatta from Thursday 11th July to Sunday 14th July, suggests a new maturity, a sensible coming-of-age. Organisers and participants alike are accepting the social limitations imposed by the fact that most participants will be sailing from their home port. It's one very suburban seafest. And the reality of several years of global recession, biting harder in Ireland than most other places, means that the excitement of completely new boats making their spectacular debut will be conspicuous by its absence.

In looking at the lineup and considering the spirit of the event generally, one word springs irresistibly to mind. This is an unpretentious regatta. Not in any derogatory sense, we hasten to add. It's just that times are tough, so it's simply a case of keeping the head own, and making the best of things. And once you've accepted that, then things aren't so bad after all. There are stacks of boats about, just waiting to be sailed. And though some top crews have left Ireland as economic emigrants (Australian sailing has become even noisier these past two years), there are still plenty of good sailors about. And thanks to the boom years, facilities are better than ever – so let's get out there, and use them.

The result is an entry list pushing towards 380 boats, with an interesting spread which sees the local fleets putting on their best show, while the intriguing array of visiting boats is drawn almost entirely from the Irish Sea/St George's Channel and the North Channel/Clyde areas, with some gallant supporters from the improving facilities in South Wales.

But if you're expecting significant numbers from Ireland's self-styled capital of sailing, good old Cork, well, as they'd say in Manhattan – fuggedaboudid. There's just former Helmsman's Champion of Ireland Stefan Hyde with his J/24 Nyah, and that seems to be it for the Rebel County. But thanks to the marvellous new road from Galway, they too have one representative, the appropriately-named Corby 25 Tribal (Liam Burke). Otherwise, the visitors come sailing from as far away as Coleraine and the Clyde to the north, and Swansea to the far southeast, plus virtually all ports in between.

Clyde sailors have a happy history of involvement with Dun Laoghaire regattas, and they are well-represented in the good turnouts in IRC 0 and IRC 1. It was the most telling indication that recession was upon us when the new First 40, successor to the great First 40.7, made her debut with first and second overall in the 2010 Sydney-Hobart Race. For not one has yet been seen in Irish ownership. But thanks to Clyde Cruising Club skipper Christine Murray, we'll have a chance to see her new First 40 Elf Too in action in Class 0 in Dublin Bay.

Lined up against her will be regular contender Richard Fildes from Abersoch with his Corby 37 Impetuous, and the Howth duo of Alan Chambers and Nobby Reilly with their Mills 36 Crazy Horse, while the home fleet has George Sisk's Farr 42 WOW leading the charge in a comprehensive turnout of a dozen IRC 0 boats.

With 18 boats, IRC 1 has a particularly good representation from the North Wales/Liverpool fleets. And like IRC 0, it has more visitors than locals, so Dublin Bay star Paul O'Higgins with his Corby 33 Rockabill V will be on his mettle to defend the honour of Leinster against visiting dominance.

IRC 2 will provide a sporty start with 25 entrants, 15 of them non-Dun Laoghaire boats. Top of the list is Dave Cullen's 30-footer King One from Howth, which was the Half Ton World Champion under the command of Paul Elvstrom a very long time ago. But there's life in the old King yet – last year she was top boat in Kent in Ramsgate Week, which has become a happy hunting ground for the Cullen crew. Another hot former Half Tonner is Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XV, which has strong North Wales and Cowes connections interwoven with her Dun Laoghaire/Royal St George YC links, while the Brian Cusack team from DLMYC are also into the vintage Half Ton scene with Dick Dastardly.

With 32 boats drawn from 19 different clubs, IRC 3 tops the variety stakes in every way, and includes such classics as the She 31B She Too from Abersoch and the Nich 31 Saki from Dun Laogahaire. Last season, Vincent Gaffney from Howth moved up a couple of feet by changing his successful 26ft Albin Express Alliance for Alliance II, a rare breed Laser 28 with which he has been getting in the frame, definitely a boat to watch, particularly if lighter airs dominate the regatta.

The J/109 has settled in very well as one of the VDLR's premier classes. Photo: Gareth Craig

Dublin Bay is of course the home of One Design racing. When the J/109 made her debut some years ago, sage observers reckoned that here was the perfect boat for a new Dublin Bay OD class. The J/109 has been there or thereabouts as an established class in the bay for a while now, and they certainly make their mark in ISORA racing. But a solid turnout of 14 boats from both sides of the Irish Sea for VLDR 2013 is just the vote of confidence these attractive boats deserve, and this will be one of the hottest fleets with current ISORA Champion Sgrech (Stephen Tudor, Pwllheli SC) very much the boat to beat.

With 16 boats, the growing strength of the First 31.7s is evidence of continuing enthusiasm for one design racing, and recognition of good value for money. Admittedly in the early days of the class, when boats were being bought in Celtic Tiger enthusiasm, the time spreads across the fleet spoke of wildly varying levels of expertise, but things have settled down and there's genuine competition, such that the numbers involved now exceed the longer-established Sigma 33s by three boats.


The fleet of First 31.7s now outnumbers the Sigma 33s. Photo: Gareth Craig


One design classes making the most of this opportunity of four days of intensive racing will include the Squibs and the Mermaids. Photo: Gareth Craig

Older production cruiser-racers sailing as one designs continue to have their adherents, and it's a special year for the Ruffian 23s as 2013 marks their 40th Anniversary, while the Limerick-built Shipman 28s – which should see their 40th in the next couple of years – can still attract a dozen adherents.

There'll be an element of a local derby about the racing for the eight boats in its SailFleet J/80 flotilla, as four will be raced by Northside crews, and four by Southside. We hear no word of any Eastside crew, which would be the pedantic definition of a team from Howth, but doubtless they'll be involved.

Some of the longer-established one design classes are only a shadow of their former selves, but they all have an ability to make come-backs in impressive style. Perhaps the Flying Fifteens are showing us how to do it. They've a solid entry of fifteen regularly raced boats – and every one of them sails from the National YC. The boost of having a single post-race social focus seems to be the secret of success here.


With all owners and crews concentrated in one club, the Flying Fifteens have been thriving as a local one design. Photo: David O'Brien


The classic IDRA 14s make the VDLR a feature of their season Photo: Gareth Craig

We end our preview of VLDR 2013 on an interesting note. A couple of weeks ago, we were enthusing in this blog about the "new Dublin Bay 21" – in other words, the Beneteau First 21 in its several variants, which will be racing as a class in VDLR for the first time this year. At the time, we did a quick trawl of boat sales notices, and found that you could expect to get a reasonable First 21 in the UK or France for between €14,000 and €17,000, which made for an interesting proposition for convenient ready-to-go one design racing in Dublin Bay.

But since then, a 1993 First 210 in Crosshaven has come on the market, advertised on for €10,500. At that price, she can't be perfect. But heaven knows there's enough boat re-fitting talent around Crosser to get her up and ready to race in Dublin Bay next Thursday, thereby doubling the number of Cork boats racing in VDLR.

It's an interesting challenge. After all, when the new South Coast One Design Class suddenly started hitting the spot down in Cowes in 1956, Max Aitken became enthusiastic and challenged that very fine boatbuilder Clare Lallow, leading builder of the new boats, to build him one within a week. Lallow and his men did it in style. If they could do that from scratch with a timber 26 footer, surely the many talents of Crosshaven could make a slightly tired 21-footer race-ready in three days?

Published in W M Nixon

#dlregatta – In the week preceding Ireland's biggest sailing event, Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta, the Royal Irish Yacht Club is staging a coaching event with video de-briefings on sail trim and upwind and downwind techniques.
The day long event on July 6th will use a Beneteau 31.7 for demonstration purposes. The objective is to spend 50% of the day shore-side and 50% afloat, focusing on practical tips and 'go fast' techniques.

The programme is below, and an entry form is attached and downloadable as an MS word file below: 

Sat 8.30am: Briefing RIYC with slides and video on 1,2 & 3 above.

10.00am: Using a B31.7 (or similar) alongside, we will demonstrate practical applications onboard. Full participation and discussion is expected!

1245pm: Finish shore-side session and head on the water

2.00pm: DBSC race start, race will be observed and video recorded

4.30pm: Video de-brief in RIYC

5.30pm: Finish (perhaps later if discussions are in full flow!)

Published in Volvo Regatta

July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is running a coastal series as part of the fifth edition of the combined club's event and judging by entries to date (see below) there it looks like the initiative is getting a good response.

Entry in the class this year is expected to reach approximately 15 boats with the list of entries to date below.

Some say organisers are on the right tack with the new coastal course and may have in fact underestimated demand from crews looking for a change of scene.

There are plenty of standard cruiser designs not suited to prevailing tight inshore courses and who cannot compete on handicap with some of the out and out racing machines. Instead this coastal series will accommodate those larger cruisers who prefer to take part in races where the distances between marks are greater.

Already DBSC regular Lively Lady, a Beneteau 44.7 is signed up as well as the Nicholson 58 Rebellion. Smaller boats are also involved including Lulabelle, the Beneteau 36.7.

It is hoped that this will attract the increasing number of boats that are opting to race offshore as evidenced in part by the work of Peter Ryan running a 20-boat ISORA fleet from the National Yacht Club.

The courses for the VDLR series will take place outside of the Burford Bank and in an area north of the "Bray Outfall" buoy and south of the "North" Howth Yacht Club race mark.

The courses will be set on the day of the July race and will reflect the conditions prevailing at that time, boats will race one long race per day.

Ashore the plan is those taking part in the Coastal Series will be able to enjoy the fantastic social scene around Dun Laoghaire as much as their inshore competitors as the race duration and time limits will get all boats back at the same time as the inshore fleets

Boat NameBoat MakeOwnerClub
Polished Manx Sigma 33 OOD Kuba Szymanski Douglas Bay YC IOM
Rebellion Nicholson 58 Hughes/Hanlon/O'Mahony National YC
Lula Belle Beneteau First 36.7 Liam Coyne National YC
Ulula III Corby 36 Nick Ogden Liverpool YC
Lively Lady First 44.7 Derek Martin Royal Irish YC
Adelie Beneteau First 34.7 Peter Hall National YC
Lady Rowena Sadler David Bolger Royal St George YC
Aquelina J122 Sheila Tyrrell/James Tyrrell Arklow SC
Tsunami Beneteau First 40.7 Vincent Farrell National YC
Soufriere Spirit Yacht Stephen OFlaherty Royal Irish YC
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